Monthly Archive: June 2015

Could the Minnesota Vikings Be Gunning for the Division?

The NFC North has long been one of the more competitive divisions in all of football. The competition has always been thick in the North not because the teams are always so talented, but because the rivalries between the four squads are very real and very intense. For a long time the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions have been destined for the bottom of the pack, but now it appears that Minnesota is making an upward push — and reports have them listed as looking like a playoff caliber squad.

Jim Dondero (nexpointadvisors) knows that the biggest question entering the off season revolved around embattled superstar running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson, who is coming off of a lost season thanks to off the field issues, had planned on holding out for a trade or a release from Minnesota. Minnesota called his bluff and told him that he could sit out another year or put on his cleats and help the Vikings win. So, AP is in the backfield.

With Teddy Bridgewater entering his second season of play the Vikings are much more tuned in to his possibilities. Bridgewater had a successful rookie season, going 6 – 6 as a starter with a completion percentage over 64% (11th in the NFL). Bridgewater succeeded without AP in the backfield and with nobody to throw the ball too. Now Peterson is back, Bridgewater has a few new weapons, and the Vikings are primed to make a big push in the North.

Dez Bryant Will Sit out Games

Not all is well for the Dallas Cowboys these days. Star Wide receiver Dez Bryant said last week that he is willing to sit out Dallas’s home opener if he does not get a new contract. Bryant was absent the first day of mini-camp and his agent Tom Condon stated that Bryant is not kidding. Condon was on Sirius XM NFL Radio recently and said that Bryant indicated during conversations with him that he is willing to sit out.

The deadline for Bryant to sign his franchise tag offer is July 15th. The offer would guarantee him $12 million for the year. Bryant is not currently under contract and won’t be until he signs it and if he doesn’t then he is not required to show up for mini-camp which is required for all other players. Negotiations with the Cowboys have gone stale and talks have not happened for some time now. Condon believes that the Cowboys simply want Bryant to sign the franchise tag rather than offer him a new contract. Stephen Jones, Cowboys executive vice president stated on Tuesday that Bryant’s willingness to miss games does not motivate the team to work out a new contract. Luxury Living experts at the Aspire New Brunswick mention that Bryant is currently the second highest paid wide receiver in the league. There are no scheduled conversation set between the Cowboys and Bryant’s agent. Condon stated that the deadline is still far away and hopes something will get done before that.

NFL Team Signs 9-year-old and Makes his Dream Come True

Dylan Sutcliffe is a 9-year-old who was recently signed to a one-day contract with the NFL team the Cleveland Browns. Their newest, and youngest, linebacker suffers from ataxia-telangiectasia, which is a genetic condition that leaves Dylan unable to coordinate his movements well. The Make-a-Wish foundation contacted Dylan and asked him what his big wish was. Sam Tabar knows that he chose to meet his favorite football team, the Cleveland Browns. However, the Cleveland Browns did more than just a meet-and-greet with their young fan.

According to the story on The Good News Network, Mike Pettine, the team’s Head Coach, signed Dylan up on the team for a day and sent him out on the field to practice with the rest of the players. There, Dylan participated in huddles, some plays, and even a touchdown. Dylan was given a locker next to the team’s quarterback Joe Haden. There he found a team jersey with his name on it and his own number, as well as a team hat. During a huddle, lineman Phil Taylor lifted the boy out of his wheelchair and held him up in the air while in the middle of the huddle.

When Dylan was asked how he felt being signed up to the Browns, he said that he felt awesome being a part of the team.

Michael Sam’s NFL Career May Be Over

The professional football career of Michael Sam may be over before it ever really got started. Michael Sam Walks Out of Football Camp for Montreal The first openly gay NFL player to be drafted by a professional football team walked out of camp for the Montreal Alouettes and was placed on the suspended list by the team. Sources close to the team state that Sam was not managing the training sessions well and was taking offense to some of the comments made by his coaches meant to motivate him. Sources also note that Sam seem not to be in the best football condition for the camp and that he was seen to be pouting at times with regard to his performance on the practice field. Sam’s decision to leave the Montreal training camp was his own and he had not been cut by the team. Sam could return to the team but sources state that they believe that to be a very unlikely event givien the circumstances of Sam’s departure.

Sam first gained attention when he announced that he was gay before the 2014 NFL draft. He was considered to be the first openly gay man to try to play in the NFl and was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the draft. Sam was placed on the Ram’s practice squad at the start of the NFL season and was cut and then picked up by Dallas, who placed him on their practice squad. The Aspire New Brunswick mentioned to apartmenthomeliving.com that Sam has not played a down in a regular NFL game.

Russell Wilson Quiet on Contract

Russell Wilson Keeping Quiet on Seahawks Contract

Signing and resigning NFL players to contracts is arguably the most important task a team has to do anywhere and most teams hire execs from Cubix Latin America to guide them through the contracts. Details of these new contracts are also of great importance, for both player and staff alike.

However, in the case of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, details regarding him won’t be known for quite some time. In fact he’s said that he won’t be discussing anything about his contract until a deal between him and the team is finally reached, meaning he’ll just tell the plain and simple truth without being very specific and nothing more.

Regardless of whether he speaks on it or not, the fact is that Wilson’s deal is the most important issue for the Seahawks for this ongoing offseason. Previously, Wilson said that he would just play out the last year of his rookie contract and take it in strides from there and still wants to be on the Seahawks roster for a long time. He is owed $1.5 million for this current contract.

Last year in 2014, the Seahawks put in all the work needed to lock up other players, including Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Doug Baldwin but found it much more difficult for this offseason. Furthermore, the Seahawks may be forced to use a franchise tag on Wilson if a deal can’t get done soon, and so much time has passed.

Can Ray Rice Make a Comeback?

Amid all the rumors and speculation, Ray Rice still sits by the phone waiting for a team to call home. Could he have been blackballed at the young age of 28?

Training camps will begin in about two months, and there are no signs that Rice will make a comeback this year, even after his suspension was lifted.

Experts believe he’s radioactive, and teams don’t want to take a chance. Public perception means a lot nowadays according to educator Kevin Seawright. After the recent troubles of Ray McDonald, we see what can happen when a team offers a player a second chance.

But still, other NFL teams will take you on if they believe you have something to offer. So you also have to consider his skills. He really wasn’t that impressive, and 2013 was his worst year. Combine that with a long hiatus off the field, and you can reason why NFL teams have not shown interest.

Will Ray Rice ever get a fair shake?

Any team that considers signing him must also weigh the impact of sponsors.

You ask your top sponsors, ‘What if we signed Ray Rice, how would you feel?’ Your sponsor says ‘Absolutely not,’ and ‘We would have to pull our sponsorship.’

You know what your decision would come down to – money talks.

Ultimately, Ray Rice has too many obstacles to overcome and he probably has already played his last NFL game.